Ceramics are made from abundantly available natural materials, and have been known to last thousands of years. That means Ceramic Industries’ products are among the world’s most sustainable, while an array of innovative measures reduces energy consumption and waste even further.
“One of our primary goals at Ceramic Industries is to reduce factory energy consumption by 20 to 30%,” says Chief Executive Officer Lance Foxcroft.
3 energy-saving practices
1. Lance is particularly proud of the EKO kilns installed at their Gryphon factory. These state-of-the-art Italian kilns are built for efficiency, and recycle energy to pre-heat combustion air, thereby minimising gas consumption and emissions.
2. Besides clever technology, careful analysis and experimentation allowed Ceramic Industries engineers to reformulate the composition of their clay and glazes to lower their melting point. This allows kilns to run at lower temperatures, making products with the same strength and quality, but with reduced energy consumption.
3. The manufacturer has also introduced AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) and LGVs (Laser Guided Vehicles) on their factory floors and warehousing spaces. These electrically-powered vehicles replace diesel forklifts to reduce emissions and are extremely efficient in their energy consumption.
Benefits of water recycling
Considering South Africa’s current water crisis, modern ceramic tile plant design should use water recycling wherever possible. Ceramic Industries’ evaporative cooling towers have been replaced with closed-circuit radiators to cool the hydraulic press oil, thereby saving water. In addition, waste process water is recovered via a filter press and reused in the manufacturing process. The result is that absolutely no water is dumped as effluent from the tile factories.
“We want customers to feel that when they’re choosing a Ceramic Industries product, they’re comfortable not only with its design and quality, but also with its impact on the environment,” says Lance.
To find out more about their products, contact them at:
Navona Ivory, a tile in subtle tones, and in square and rectangular formats that complement each other perfectly
For more technical articles, sign up for our newsletter: https://www.buildinganddecor.co.za/register/.
Subscribe to our free magazine on www.freemagazines.co.za.
Or join other discussions on http://www.facebook.com/buildinganddecor, http://www.twitter.com/buildingdecor, https://www.instagram.com/buildinganddecor/ and https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/10172797/.